Synonymous with brunch, a Bloody Mary is a perfect drink to sip on when you’re looking for something tangy and that packs a punch. It is a versatile cocktail that can cut through the sweetness of your morning pancakes, or add some flavor to a round of oysters. It’s good with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve put together a guide of the best spots to get a Bloody Mary in Essex County.
Chit Chat Diner | 410 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange
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The Chit Chat Diner is an iconic spot that transports patrons to fantasy land, both with the Alice in Wonderland-themed decor and the delicious food. The Bloody Mary is a great addition to anything on the extensive breakfast menu. From pancakes and waffles to eggs benedict or the breakfast burger, there is something for everyone to pair the Bloody Mary with.
Cloverleaf Tavern | 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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Known for the Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet, the Cloverleaf has been taking the classic Bloody Mary to the next level. The Bloody Mary menu changes seasonally with flavors like Cajun Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary or the Fried Pickle Bloody Mary. The Cloverleaf offers to-go cocktail kits on select days during the pandemic: literally, just add vodka.
Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Faubourg is known for its Sunday Brunch menu. This is an excellent spot to treat yourself and your friends. With a choice between the standard brunch menu or a Prix Fixe menu, a Bloody Mary goes great with either of these options.
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MEAL (Meet Eat and Lounge) | 522 Franklin Avenue, Nutley
This American restaurant opened in 2012 and offers everything from steaks, chops, and seafood to burgers and lobster ravioli. But to enjoy a Bloody Mary, the bottomless brunch is the place to be. For $18, guests get a choice of either bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas to go along with the meal.
The Brookdale | 1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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The Brookdale’s Bloody Mary complements pretty much everything on the menu. It can go with the cinnamon roll as well as the smoked gouda mac and cheese. The tangy cocktail brings out the best flavors of everything on the menu here.
The Oakley Kitchen and Cocktails | 789 Bloomfield Avenue, Nutley
The Oakley Kitchen and Cocktails features a special Sunday Brunch menu that is the perfect pairing with the Bloody Mary. Named after the iconic Annie Oakley, who when she wasn’t traveling lived in Nutley, The Oakley brings comfort food with a sophisticated twist. Pair the Bloody Mary with the breakfast pizza or the huevos rancheros.
The Tops Diner | 500 Passaic Avenue, East Newark
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The Tops Diner is a classic spot for any diner fare, and that includes a Bloody Mary. Regulars say the Bloody Mary is always strong and made fresh, not with a premade mix. Whether patrons are looking to pair a Bloody Mary with a breakfast omelet or a classic burger, the expansive diner menu at Top’s ensures a perfect match to go with your cocktail.